Princess Diana‘s death in 1997 was news that shocked the world, and it’s something that still affects her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, to this day.
However Dr. Richard Shepherd, the pathologist who examined her body as part of the official investigation to her death, recently claimed Diana would have lived if she had been wearing her seatbelt.
He believes the restraint of a seatbelt means “she would have walked away with a black eye or maybe a broken arm, but nothing more,” he told the Daily Mail.
“Instead, she was hurtling forward with the weight of one and a half elephants, and the human body is not designed to suffer those forces,” he explained.
Dr. Shepherd – who investigated the fatalities of 9/11 in New York City in 2001 and the London 7/7 bombings in 2005 – claims Diana could have been here for both of her sons’ weddings.
“I wish I could say she would have died whatever happened, but the fact is, if she had worn her seatbelt she would have been here for Prince William and Harry’s weddings,” he said.
William, 35, married Kate Middleton in 2011 and earlier this year, Harry tied the knot with Meghan Markle.
Last year, to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s passing, William and Harry opened up in a about the death of their mother.
In the BBC documentary Diana, 7 Days, William said he didn’t want let his mother’s death “break him” because he wanted her to be proud of him.
“I didn’t want her legacy to be that William and/or Harry were completely and utterly devastated by it and that all the hard work and all the love and the energy she put into us when we were younger would go to waste,” he said.
Harry spoke about his disgust at the people who chased her into the tunnel snapping images of Diana as she lay dying in the car, claiming it is one of the “hardest things to come to terms with”.
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